Madonna lily

  1. a lily, Lilium candidum, having clusters of pure white, bell-shaped flowers.

Origin of Madonna lily

First recorded in 1875–80; from the flower's frequent appearance in paintings of the Virgin Mary because of its association with purity
  • Also called Annunciation lily .

Words Nearby Madonna lily Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Madonna lily in a sentence

  • Besides, there's nothing modern about a Madonna lily, which is what we were discussing.

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British Dictionary definitions for Madonna lily

Madonna lily

  1. a perennial widely cultivated Mediterranean lily plant, Lilium candidum, with white trumpet-shaped flowers: Also called: Annunciation lily

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